President Donald Trump made it crystal clear that when he made it to office, he would crack down on the influx of immigrants here, both permanently and temporarily. He just issued a massive announcement that shows he is a man of his word.
The Trump administration officially announced Monday that they will cancel the “special temporary protected status” that was given to Haitians after their 2010 earthquake, according to The Washington Times. It has been seven years since the natural disaster, and the protected status was never meant to be permanent.
As a result, nearly 60,000 people now have a deadline of mid-2019 to go back to Haiti, seek legal status in the United States, or face deportation. This decision is a bold move for the administration and one that former-President Barack Obama likely wouldn’t have ended.
The acting Homeland Security Secretary, Elaine Duke, spoke on the issue Monday. She noted that Haiti has recovered from the 2010 earthquake and should be ready to take back the people who fled to the United States.
Considering the deadline, there is more than enough time for Haitian’s temporary immigrants currently in the United States to figure out the steps to take next. They are not required to leave the United States immediately; they are given a considerable amount of time to pursue an avenue of legal status should they choose to remain in the country.
There is well over a year before the deadline, so now is the time for affected individuals to begin making plans, filing paperwork, and so forth. Whether they choose to remain or return to Haiti, they have ample time to pursue the measures necessary for those decisions.
If they have been in a long-term relationship and get married, they would be eligible for US citizenship. The same applies to a long-term job. All they have to do is fill out the proper paperwork and wait. There is no excuse to delay at this point.
Just as anticipated, Democrats are not pleased about this decision. In their typical social-justice warrior fashion, they want to allow every single Haitian to remain here in the United States.
In fact, some immigrant rights advocates have called for Duke to renew the order and demand that Congress grant every Haitian under temporary protected status a clear pathway to full citizenship. The administration will not comply with their wishes.
A senior official of the administration stated, “The law makes clear that TPS for Haiti must end.” It presents a difficult dilemma, but again, there is ample opportunity for these individuals to pursue their own path to citizenship if they wish.
Under the Obama Administration, the US immigration policy was tantamount to an open-door policy. Do you believe President Trump is right to quash temporary protected status for Haitians?
Duke has made multiple moves regarding TPS of individuals here in the United States. She ended TPS for 5,300 Nicaraguans and postponed a decision for six more months on 86,000 Hondurans, all of which have been protected since 1998.
It seems that the Trump administration is doing precisely what they said they would do. The lines of citizenship are becoming blurry and defining these standards helps secure the United States. These standards also put the minds of many Americans at ease.